Stafford Borough & Cannock Chase District Councils

Planning Policy Manager

Cannock, Staffordshire
Grade J: £38,553- £42,614per annum (pay award pending)
22 Jul 2022
14 Aug 2022
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Planning Policy Manager


Grade J: £38,553- £42,614per annum (pay award pending)


Post No: DP276


Permanent - 37 Hours per week


Location: Cannock



Benefits to you:  


  • Essential Car User Allowance
  • Flexitime Scheme
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Payment of one professional fee per annum
  • Discounted Leisure Centre Membership
  • 25 days holiday increasing to 30 after 5 years’ continuous service
  • Cycle Scheme
  • Free Car Parking  



Cannock Chase District lies at the northern edge of the West Midlands conurbation and possesses a unique blend of urban and rural landscapes including a large part of the Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Situated on the edge of the West Midlands conurbation it is well connected providing excellent links to the wider area.


These are exciting times to be working at Cannock Chase as the area prepares to host the Commonwealth Games mountain bike events in the area and prepares to deliver regeneration and growth through the recently announced £20 million Levelling Up funding allocation. This follows on from the recent opening of the first phase McArthur Glen Designer Outlet at Mill Green as well as progressing the redevelopment of the former Rugeley Power Station site alongside Lichfield District.


The district has experienced significant employment, housing and retail growth in recent years that looks to continue through the Local Plan Review. The Local Plan will be at Regulation 19 stage in the Autumn when the next stage of consultation is due to take place. The plan will seek to balance the need to manage development pressure and also protect and retain the districts many natural and built assets. To facilitate this process, we are seeking a highly experienced Planning Policy Manager to lead the Planning Policy team.

In addition to managing people and processes you will also need to be the Council’s ambassador and negotiator at the neighbourhood and regional level. There is also an opportunity to play a key role in the management of the Cannock Chase AONB. If you are ready to take the next exciting step in your career and benefit from working within a supportive environment, then Cannock Chase can provide opportunities to gain further wide-ranging experience and broaden your knowledge.


The ideal candidate will have experience of successfully progressing a Local Plan through the stages of preparation including management responsibility. You will be expected to have a proactive and flexible approach to work and in your role as lead officer on Planning Policy matters, be able to articulate information clearly, both written and verbal, to Members, professionals and non-professionals in a variety of settings.

In addition, you should be IT literate in the use of Microsoft Office packages such as Word and Excel and have experience of GIS applications.  

For an informal chat about this position, please contact Sushil Birdi, Planning Services Manager on 01543 464326.

To apply for this vacancy online please go to


Alternatively, please telephone 01543 462621 or write to HR Services, Cannock Chase Council, Civic Centre, Beecroft Road, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 1BG or e-mail quoting post number DP276.


The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Sunday 14th August 2022.




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